Case Study

Building a Green Refugee Camp with UNHCR


A unique collaboration

Sometimes unexpected partnerships lead to amazing results. Since 2017, the world’s largest humanitarian aid agency the UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency) and Land Life Company, supported by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery, have joined forces to build a Green Refugee Camp in the Far North of Cameroon.

Together with refugee and local communities, we have reforested more than 100 hectares of severely degraded land in and around Minawao Refugee Camp where 63,000 refugees live fleeing violence in neighbouring Nigeria. This initiative is providing jobs, shade, health and food for hundreds of refugee and local families.

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Stories from the field

It Will Be Green Again

Check out our award-winning short documentary about the families living in Minawao, what brought them here and how they are building a more hopeful future for their children.

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Together UNHCR and Land Life Company are setting a new standard of success for land restoration in refugee settings

Andrea Dekrout, Senior Environmental Coordinator UNHCR


Using drones and satellites we can track the reforestation impact around Minawao Camp in Northern Cameroon. As biomass increases, temperatures will drop and erosion will decrease.

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On the ground

Harrie and Charlotte talk about their experiences in Cameroon planting thousands of trees with refugees.

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